The University of Texas at Dallas began in 1961 as the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest as a collection of research stations. It was later renamed the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (SCAS). In 1969, the founders then passed the SCAS on to the state of Texas officially forming The University of Texas at Dallas.
It is a public research university and part of the University of Texas system. The main campus is located in the Telecom Corridor, in Richardson Texas which is around 18 miles north of downtown Dallas.
The University of Texas at Dallas offers around 138 academic programs across eight schools and more than 50 research centres and institutes. Research carried out at the institution covers many disciplines including space science, bioengineering, cybersecurity, nanotechnology and behavioral and brain sciences.
Alongside the academic programme, the school fields 13 intercollegiate sports and athletics teams that compete in the Division III Athletics programme. The university also has an internationally ranked chess team and is well known nationally for its debate team.